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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 56

Condition of Public Estate, March, 1884

Condition of Public Estate, March, 1884.

Land remaining unsold.

The total area of New Zealand exceeds 01,000,000 acres. Of this, up to March, 1884, 17,500,000 had been sold or disposed of in education and other public reserves; 14,500,000 belonged to the aborigines, or to Europeans who had purchased from them; and 32,000,000 acres still remained for disposal by the Government. Of the latter, 14,000,000 were open grass or fern country, 9,000,000 forest, and 9,000,000 of barren mountain tops, lakes, and worthless country.

Note—Since the above was written, the terms and conditions of land settlement in New Zealand have been considerably modified by the Land Act 1885. A full account of the provisions of this Act will, if possible, be obtained for publication in the next issue of the Victorian Year-Book.

By Authority: John Ferres, Government Printer, Melbourne.